Former Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud will be France’s candidate for the leadership of the International Labor Office


Between 2017 and 2020, she led the reform of work orders and that of apprenticeship and vocational training.

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France has chosen to present the candidacy of Muriel Pénicaud, former Minister of Labor, at the head of the International Labor Office. Paris wishes “defend an ambitious vision of the role of the organization for the construction of a new social contract essential to global regulation”, underlines a press release from the Quai d’Orsay, Thursday, September 30. The election is scheduled for March 25, 2022, at the 344th session of the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The organization has been managed since 2012 by Briton Guy Rider. At this stage, the candidacy of Muriel Pénicaud is added to those of the Australian Greg Vines, the Togolese Gilbert F. Houngbo and the South African Mthunzi Mdwaba. A specialized agency of the United Nations, the role of the ILO is to protect and promote human rights at work. Its work includes setting international standards and implementing programs. It brings together government representatives, workers and employers from 187 member states.

After starting her career in local authorities, Muriel Pénicaud became advisor to Martine Aubry, Minister of Vocational Training, in the early 90s. She then branched out into the private sector: Danone then Dassault Systèmes, before returning as a HRD of the agribusiness giant.

Minister of Labor from May 2017 to July 2020, Muriel Pénicaud had notably led the reform of work orders and that of apprenticeship and vocational training. Since September 2020, she has been France’s permanent representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.



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